I realize that it’s a little too March to be discussing my favorite holiday gifts, but I only recently had the opportunity to dive into one of mine and, as a result, I feel the need to share it’s greatness with our readers. The ESPN 30 for 30 Collector’s Set Blu-ray is an outstanding collection of sports documentaries that is rife with social commentary and almost sure to have something for sports and/or documentary fans alike. Before I get accused of paid programming, I’ll disclaim that all thirty of its films aren’t home runs (that’s right, a sports pun). Moreover, I’m fairly sure that all of the series’ entries are available to watch instantly on Netflix right now making the physical collection redundant for some. Regardless of how you partake, I encourage you to sift through the series, find a topic that interests you, and give it a shot.
All recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features a healthy portion of Iron Man 3 coverage (including the new trailer), Oz the Great and Powerful interviews with Sam Raimi, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and more, the first trailer for The Hangover Part III, a sizable Justice League movie rumor, and the new trailer and poster for Will Smith and Jaden Smith‘s After Earth. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link for each of the above waits after the jump.
1. New IRON MAN 3 Trailer; Plus Marvel Shows Us 15 Minutes of the Film
It was a big week for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 around these parts. In addition to the release of the film’s stellar new trailer, Steve also brought us a video blog recapping his screening of 15 minutes of the film as well as a couple of interviews from the sneak peek with Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige and Shane Black. After being mildly disappointed with Iron Man 2, I’m trying to temper my expectations this time around. That’s proving difficult as it’s May 3rd release approaches, though.
2. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Interviews with James Franco and More
I’ve said before that I would be more than happy for the ultra-talented Sam Raimi to churn out original horror tales like Drag Me to Hell for the rest of his filmmaking days. That said, I do have to admit that seeing his unique direction breathe new life into the land of Oz is a nice consolation. In celebration of this weekend’s release of Oz the Great and Powerful, consider this an invite to check out Matt’s review of the film, video interviews with stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff, and text interviews with Sam Raimi, Franco and Kunis, Williams and Weisz, and producer Joe Roth.
3. First Trailer and Poster for THE HANGOVER PART III
I saw The Hangover Part II as a complete rehash of the original to the point that boredom/apathy sat in while I watched Bradley Cooper and Co. gallivant their way through Bangkok. Jump ahead to the present and, with its release only a few months out, the first trailer and first poster for The Hangover Part III finally saw the light of day this week. While I wouldn’t expect or even ask for it to reinvent the wheel in its concluding entry, I’m at least holding out hope that there’s enough fresh material here that I can avoid the urge to hit the “Snooze” button about mid-way through.
4. JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumor Implicates Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale
Call it giant-sized, call it “atomic-bomb-level”, call it what you will. Regardless of terminology, our friend El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review took to cyberspace with a Justice League rumor whose magnitude makes either descriptor fitting. As we covered here (via Latino-Review’s video report), rumor has it that Christopher Nolan has taken over the DCU over at Warner Bros. and, much like he did for Man of Steel, will oversee the JL movie. Included in this rumor is that the studio is shaping the pic to reintroduce Christian Bale as Batman with Zack Snyder also producing and possibly directing. I could go on and on, but this is supposed to be a “brief” recap so I suggest heading over to the coverage linked above for more.
5. New Trailer and Poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH
Per this latest trailer and poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, the setup for the film is Will and Jaden Smith embarking on the most dangerous father/son trip of all-time at the urging of, ostensibly, Will Smith’s wife. Number one: thanks for the terrible advice. Number two: this is what happens when camping, fishing, baseball games, Star Wars conventions, and the like are no longer valid male bonding options. In other words, and to steal a line from Motion City Soundtrack, “the future freaks me out”.